A real-world assessment of mycophenolate mofetil for remission induction in eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis

Mariana Philobos, Amy Perkins, Maira Karabayas, Paula Dospinescu, Nick Fluck, Dana Kidder, Fiona A. Chapman, Neeraj Dhaun, Neil Basu*

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Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA) is a form of ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV). Clinical trials demonstrating the efficacy of mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) for remission induction in AAV excluded patients with EGPA. Despite this, MMF is commonly used in these patients. The objective of this study was to evaluate, for the first time, the effectiveness and tolerance of MMF in EGPA remission induction. A retrospective, two-center, real-world study was conducted in patients with EGPA who received MMF in addition to prednisolone for newly diagnosed or relapsing disease between 2009 and 2019. Baseline, 3-, 6- and 12-month outcome data were extracted from electronic health records. The primary outcome was disease remission, defined as a Birmingham Vasculitis Activity Score of 0 at 6 months. Secondary outcomes included disease relapse, median prednisolone dose at 12 months and drug tolerance. In total, 15 patients (73% male, median age 57) with EGPA (11 newly diagnosed/4 relapsing) were identified. At 6 months, 67% had achieved disease remission. At 12 months, this was maintained (66.7%) and 4 patients had relapsed. All but one patient remained on MMF at study completion and all patients tolerated MMF. Our real-world data suggest that MMF is an effective and well-tolerated agent for achieving disease remission in EGPA. A future randomized controlled trial of MMF in this neglected orphan disease is now warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1811-1814
Number of pages4
JournalRheumatology International
Issue number10
Early online date4 Aug 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2021

Bibliographical note


This study was not supported with specific funding.


  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Antibodies, Antineutrophil Cytoplasmic/blood
  • Female
  • Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis/complications
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mycophenolic Acid/administration & dosage
  • Prednisolone
  • Recurrence
  • Remission Induction/methods
  • Retrospective Studies


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